"The checkpoint caught fire... and 14 Afghan army soldiers were killed," he added. An American military official said, ”He was aware of an incident involving US forces in Logar province this morning".

"This incident is under investigation," he added. Din Mohammad Darwesh, the Logar provincial governor's spokesman, confirmed the strike and gave a similar death toll. Amin cited the targeted checkpoint was 'not a suspicious area'.

"The Afghan flag was waving at the checkpoint in Baraki Barak when the Americans launched their attack," he said. Civilian deaths in air strikes have been one of the most emotive and high-profile issues of the 13-year Afghan war. A NATO air strike in December killed five civilians and wounded six others in the same district of Baraki Barak.

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